Category: Europe

Christmas and Muslims?

Christmas and Muslims?

[ 0 ] December 19, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on DECEMBER 19, 2014:  Muslims and Christmas? Here is a video, a couple of articles, and a resource about Muslims and the Christmas season. WATCH: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Jaffa Mark the Beginning of the Christmas Season (The Jerusalem Post, December 2014): EXCERPT: Arab Christians in the Israeli […]

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Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

[ 0 ] December 18, 2014 |

Evaluating a Complex Landscape by ZEYNEP TUFEKCI for COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (Vol 68, No 1 Fall/Winter 2014) on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  SUMMARY: Recently, social movements have shaken countries around the world. Most of these movements have thoroughly integrated digital connectivity into their toolkits, especially for organizing, gaining publicity, and effectively communicating. Governments, too, have been […]

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Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

Gideon Aran: On Religion and Violence

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

“Religious violence is, firstly, violence sponsored or performed by individuals or groups who self-define and are identified by those around them as religious. Secondly, these actors account for their violence in a religious language, invoking religious symbols and referencing religious norms and values.”– Gideon Aran by GIDEON ARAN for CONTENDING MODERNITIES (blog at University of […]

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WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

Elif Shafak has a new book out called “The Architect’s Apprentice” — “an exuberant tale of a young boy’s twisting fortunes in 16th-century Istanbul” which “conveys deeper truths about human experience.” (reviewed by Rebecca Abrams in The Financial Times). Watch Shafak’s 2010 TED Talk above.  via TED, JULY 2010:  Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them […]

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Whatever Happened to Winning Hearts and Minds? (by HRW’s Benjamin Ward)

Whatever Happened to Winning Hearts and Minds? (by HRW’s Benjamin Ward)

[ 0 ] December 12, 2014 |

European governments risk adopting the same counter-productive approaches towards the latest Islamist groups and fighters as they did against al-Qaeda. by BENJAMIN WARD for OPEN DEMOCRACY on DECEMBER 10, 2014:  Listening to the debate in Europe on the threat from the extremist group Islamic State (IS) and returning fighters feels like Groundhog Day. Its black-and-white […]

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John Jeffries Martin: Abolition of Torture is a Centuries-Old Struggle

John Jeffries Martin: Abolition of Torture is a Centuries-Old Struggle

[ 0 ] December 11, 2014 |

by JOHN JEFFRIES MARTIN for PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on DECEMBER 11, 2014:  The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program this week quickly stirred up a white-hot debate on the use of torture to extract information from our enemies. And though there is great passion on both sides, this is not a […]

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Tarek Osman: Imagining a New Arab Order

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

by TAREK OSMAN for CAIRO REVIEW on DECEMBER 3, 2014: The Arab World is witnessing ideological, sectarian, and ethnic conflicts. The region has not experienced such polarizations in at least a century. As governments are no longer serving as arbiters among competing interest groups, the state has lost legitimacy. Violence is on the rise across […]

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Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 27, 2014:  What if we have gotten Heaven all wrong? Many Christians, Muslims, and some Buddhists imagine a heavenly place as an eternal reward for the faithful. While this place is often described as a garden of serenity and tranquility, we often see many faithful arguing about who […]

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Erdogan, American Muslims, and a Sense of Belonging: Would a ‘Muslim’ Discovery of America Have Made a Difference?

Erdogan, American Muslims, and a Sense of Belonging: Would a ‘Muslim’ Discovery of America Have Made a Difference?

[ 0 ] December 1, 2014 |

by ABDUL LATIF for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 1, 2014: In a meeting with Latin American Muslim leaders last month Turkish President Erdogan claimed that Muslims discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus. This claim is not new. There are several well-meaning pieces of purported evidence: records of journeys from Muslim Spain; West African Mandinka inscriptions in […]

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LISTEN: Reza Aslan– Islam’s Reformation

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

via WNYC/ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS.  

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